Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Canada provincial opposition leader Patrick Brown quits months before election

Canada provincial opposition leader Patrick Brown quits months before election

Aaron Vincent Elkaim/CP Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown leaves Queen's Park after a press conference in Toronto on January 24, 2018.

"We have to talk about health care". That decision is expected to be made this afternoon.

"I fully expect to be the leader that takes us into the election", he said.

CTV News reported two women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Brown that date back to when he was a federal lawmaker. "He continued to kiss me and he laid me down on the bed and got on top of me", one of the women told CTV News in the exclusive interview. One of the women was in high school more than 10 years ago when, she said, she returned from a bar to Brown's home, where he exposed himself and demanded oral sex.

Horwath says Brown would no longer be a member of her caucus if he were a New Democrat.

Speaking from Davos, Switzerland, where he had been attending the World Economic Forum, Trudeau said he accepted the resignation of Kent Hehr, the sports minister, pending the results of a probe into allegations against him that surfaced on social media.

CTV News said it had viewed records of correspondence between Brown and the women.

Brown has denied the allegations, but has stepped down as leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Neither have been proven in court.

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No criminal charges have been laid in the case. The PC MPP from Barrie resigned early this morning after discussions with senior party officials.

Jones didn't indicate whether the interim head would lead the party in June elections, or if a leadership convention would be held before then. "Since our view is that this advice was in the best interest of the PC Party, we have therefore resigned our positions as, respectively, Campaign Manager, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Campaign Manager (Strategy)".

"The idea of accepting violence against women as part of the culture, particularly in the political culture. we see a lot of silence, a lot of shame, people not coming forward, so we have to acknowledge the courage it takes and believe survivors", he said.

Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, a member of the Ontario legislature, said everyone "has the right to be free from unwelcome behaviour or advances".

"I do not and will not tolerate abuse or harassment, and I will do everything in my power to fight against it". Obviously, my thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward knowing how hard it can be, to salute them for their courage, and their leadership. I want to commend the fearless women who had the courage to come forward and share their stories. "I think that there's women that have this problem working in a shop down the street just as much as they'd have in a factory or in an office tower". Prior to heading to Queen's Park, Fedeli spent two terms as the mayor of North Bay. "Sexual misconduct and sexual harassment have no place in Canadian society".

Brown said that he made the decision to step down as leader after consulting with caucus, friends and family but will remain on as a MPP while he will 'definitively clear my name from these false allegations'.

"We'll still be talking about the Green Energy Act, investing more into mental health, child care and tax cuts". But she recalls being told that she should be baking cookies, or told that she shouldn't be in politics because she's a mother.

"Definitely, it will be discussed".

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